The issue of abortion is a charged topic, both hotly and widely debated across the globe. It is an issue that touches on the core values of religion and civil society. Judaism’s approach to this complicated and sensitive matter differs radically from some of the well-known stances on the topic, such as the Roman Catholic Church’s position at one extreme and pro-choice permissiveness at the other. Judaism embraces the tremendous sanctity of life. Judaism prohibits the wanton destruction of a fetus, and as such condemns abortion as mere birth control. On the other hand, Judaism also recognizes the necessity for abortion in certain cases and therefore does not ban it. Practically, one should seek guidance from a competent halachic authority. This class will explore the issue of abortion from the perspective of the Jewish tradition, delving into the classical sources, as well as the modern-day legal decisions of the leading experts in Jewish law.
See also the shiur on Multifetal Pregnancy Reduction in Halacha.